It’ll get interesting, and don’t be surprised if “weird.” Garrett Pilon and Ondrej Vala face the Blazers, and Orrin Centazzo and Montana Onyebuchi face the Silvertips for the first time since the quartet were involved in the Jan. 7 trade.
It’s a 3-in-3 with condensed preparations on a condensed day, so we’ll see you on the radio to lay it all out.
BAJKOV WATCH: One goal away from tying Tyler Maxwell (107) for the Tips all-time record.
AUDIO STREAM: Radio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too
ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 3:30pm) — updated, will go live once NASCAR on Fox is completed to the final lap, which should be a little after 3:30.
- Pregame: Pilon, Vala, Dennis Williams
- 1st Intermission: WHL This Week
- 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP AND SERIES NOTES
Finale of four meetings with the Kamloops Blazers … the Silvertips own a 35-17-4-4 record, all-time vs. Kamloops and are 3-0-0-0 in the regular season series … they were 2-1-0-1 last season and outscored the Blazers, 9-8 head-to-head … the Silvertips are 5-0-1-1 in the last seven games heading into today … the Silvertips have a magic number of 5 points to clinch a playoff berth (outright) … Connor Dewar and Matt Fonteyne each have four points in three games to lead the Tips in the series.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: (TIPS 3-0-0-0)
|Oct. 27||Everett 3 at Kamloops 1|
|Dec. 1||Everett 3 at Kamloops 1|
|Dec. 30||Everett 5 at Kamloops 2|
|Feb. 18||Kamloops||4:05 pm PST|
NEXT THREE GAMES (all times PT)
DATE OPPONENT TIME SITE RADIO
2/20/18 @ Spokane 7:05pm Spokane Arena KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/Tips App
2/23/18 @ Vancouver 7:30pm Langley Events Centre KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/Tips App
2/24/18 @ Seattle 7:05pm ShoWare Center KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/Tips App
LAST GAME (SEA 3 – EVT 2 (SO) / 2-17-18): Dorrin Luding made 41 saves to help the Seattle Thunderbirds slip past the Everett Silvertips, 3-2 in a shootout before a sellout crowd of 8,238 in WHL action on Saturday in downtown Everett. Carter Hart made 32 saves and Riley Sutter scored his 23rd goal of the season in the shootout loss. Martin Fasko-Rudas added a goal as the Silvertips moved to 3-2-0-2 against the Thunderbirds this season, reducing their magic number to five points to clinch a playoff spot.
TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS
- TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 33-7-1-3 in the last 44 games and finished 9-3-0-1 in January… they have won 27 of the last 34 games … Matt Fonteyne led the Silvertips in January – and the entire league – with 25 points in 13 games and added 12 goals … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
- NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he needs one goal to tie Tyler Maxwell for the Tips all-time goal record (107)
- HART MONITOR: Tips goaltender Carter Hart, gold medalist at the World Junior Championships, set the new Silvertips all-time record for goaltending wins (108) on Feb. 16 at Seattle (30 saves) … he was in net on Feb. 10 with 23 saves for his 26th career shutout (tied WHL record) and 107th win (tied Tips record) in a 5-0 win over Vancouver.
- HELLO AGAIN: Silvertips forward Garrett Pilon and defenseman Ondrej Vala will face Kamloops for the first time since arriving to the Silvertips in a trade in January … Pilon has 22 points in 17 games with the Tips … Vala has five assists in 17 games since coming to Everett … Montana Onyebuchi (1+ seasons with the Tips) and Orrin Centazzo (1+ seasons with the Tips) were acquired by Kamloops on Jan. 7, 2018
- SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For the Silvertips special teams, the penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (83.5) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 21-of-82 in the last 17 games … Matt Fonteyne leads the Silvertips with 14 power play goals.